2004 July

U.S. Army Field Band

China has more than 2 million soldiers in its army. North Korea has more than 1 million. Both Russia and the United States have fewer than half a million each. But no other army in the world — not the Chinese, the North Koreans,...

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Elwood Reid

On the day before Thanksgiving in 1971, a man later known as D. B. Cooper hijacked a plane in Seattle, collected a ransom of $200,000 in used twenties, and parachuted into the forest of Washington or Oregon. He was never heard...

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They Might Be Giants

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, in a desperate attempt to make her cantankerous children happy, a young mother loaded them in the car for a "mystery trip" to a motel on Lake Michigan. It was raining and cold...

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The Siegel-Schwall Band

There are no six degrees of separation between the Siegel-Schwall Band and the Chicago bluesmen who so powerfully influenced rock 'n' roll. Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall, white college students in the early 1960s, honed...

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Taj Mahal

The music Taj Mahal has been making recently with his band the Hula Blues has its origins in the folk bluesman's move to Hawaii several years ago. It's both very low-key and unlike anything you've ever heard before,...

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